With the data center wars heating up (or should I say throwing fuel on the ongoing fire), one company has stepped in to help. Let me preface this by saying that standards are generally written by vendor companies with a few end users sprinkled in for balance. Intel has announced the Open Data Center Alliance that is predominantly end user based with companies. “The goal of the alliance is to use the experience of their collective projects to help design a roadmap of hardware and software requirements to further more open and interoperable cloud and data center solutions.”
One of the largest problems in the recent data center wars surrounds interoperability. One cloud application doesn’t necessarily port to another. Companies that have moved applications into the public cloud are having difficulty porting them to other platforms. Companies are also finding out that not all data center equipment is interoperable due to things like encryption being put into the end of proprietary cable assemblies.
IEEE has always worked towards interoperability. Vendor companies are either compliant with a standard or compatible, and the fine line between the two is getting bigger. No company wants to be locked into a single vendor solution when it comes to servers, switches, storage and hardware. As one end user recently told me, “when company X is the best at everything they do, then I will think about company X for everything.” Technology is no longer a necessary evil. It is the backbone for any company’s operations.
I would like to applaud Intel for giving end users a voice in standards and product development. I will keep updating with news as it’s available.